Artist Statement

Nana and Felix is a Korean-Finnish artist duo working together since 2013. Over the years they have developed a distinctive working method, creating artworks under larger, themed projects. Each separate body of work has its own sub-theme that both supports and challenges the main project. This dialectical approach stems from their situation of living between two countries and cultures. All their projects are conditioned by, and reflect on, this duality; the sense of never entirely belonging and being trapped in between.

In a constant effort of untangling, their work draws parallels between their own situation and the surrounding world. Through a mix of parody, irony, and contradiction the artist duo portrays the global world they were born into. They actively borrow, appropriate and rework ideas of traditional Western and Eastern cultural imagery, mixing them up with referents found in modern and contemporary art.

In their first two projectsΒ So.Me.Β and The Zone System, the artist duo explored how photographic images are deployed when assigning humans into categories of race, gender, age, native population, and immigration in the realms of both product advertisement and political propaganda. By mimicking and manipulating photographic media and social surveys, both projects aim at exposing the absurd idea of self-expression that willingly feeds into the authoritative apparatus of control and surveillance.

Their following projects ProgressΒ and WEASTΒ were carried out between 2015 and 2018 in South Korea. Conditioned by the peculiar history of this country, both projects deal with a reversed version of cultural appropriation. These works examine the outcomes of a national project that had been developed based on misinterpreted ideas of how developed foreign countries (i.e. the West) look like. The works mix elements from traditional Korean art with modern, mundane cityscapes.

Their ongoing projectΒ 7 Hours of Future consists of a series of reinterpreted landscapes that portray actual, possible, and alternating realities of South Korea and Finland. From these two distant places, the artist duo focuses on the feelings of isolation, loss, alienation and melancholy arising from our era of constant economic-extractive progress and expansion. From differing angles they create works that treat as disparate issues as urbanisation, pollution, environmental decay, surveillance, monopoly market economy and global outsourcing of production as part of the same phenomenon. By exposing chains of cause and effect between Finland and South Korea, the project portrays not only how these countries exist in interdependence, but also how the consequences of local human economical activity reverberate globally.

μž‘μ—… λ…ΈνŠΈ

λ‚˜λ‚˜μ™€ νŽ λ¦­μŠ€λŠ” ν•˜λ‚˜μ˜ 큰 ν”„λ‘œμ νŠΈ 주제 μ•„λž˜, 각기 λ‹€λ₯Έ μ†Œμ£Όμ œλ₯Ό μ΄λ£¨λŠ” μž‘ν’ˆλ“€μ΄ λͺ¨μ—¬ μ™„μ„±λ˜λŠ” μž‘μ—… 방식을 톡해 2013λ…„λΆ€ν„° κΎΈμ€€ν•œ μž‘ν’ˆ ν™œλ™μ„ μ΄μ–΄μ˜€κ³  μžˆλ‹€. μš°λ¦¬κ°€ 진행해 온 λͺ¨λ“  ν”„λ‘œμ νŠΈλŠ” ν•œκ΅­κ³Ό ν•€λž€λ“œλΌλŠ” 각기 λ‹€λ₯Έ λ¬Έν™” 속을 μ‚΄μ•„κ°€λŠ” λ™μ‹œμ  상황을 λ°˜μ˜ν•œλ‹€. μ§€λ¦¬μ μœΌλ‘œ 동떨어져 μžˆμ§€λ§Œ, λŠμž„μ—†λŠ” 이읡 μ°½μΆœμ„ λ°”νƒ•μœΌλ‘œ ν•œ 세계 경제 체계 μ•„λž˜μ— κΈ΄λ°€νžˆ μ—°κ²°λ˜μ–΄ μžˆλŠ” 두 μ‚¬νšŒμ˜ λ¬Έν™”, ν™˜κ²½ λ“±μ—μ„œ νŒŒμƒλ˜λŠ” μ—¬λŸ¬ 가지 κ°ˆλ“±κ³Ό ν˜„μƒλ“€μ„ κ΄€μ°°ν•˜κ³ , κ·Έ μ•ˆμ—μ„œ 두 μž‘κ°€κ°€ κ²ͺμ–΄ 온 개인적 κ²½ν—˜μ„ λ°”νƒ•μœΌλ‘œν•œ λ‹€μ–‘ν•œ μž‘ν’ˆμ„ λ§Œλ“€μ–΄ 였고 μžˆλ‹€.

초기의 ν”„λ‘œμ νŠΈ <μ†Œ λ―Έ So. Me.> 와 <μ‘΄ μ‹œμŠ€ν…œ The Zone System>μ—μ„œλŠ”, 인쒅, 이민, 인ꡬ, μ„±, λ‚˜μ΄ λ“±μ˜ 인간을 μ΄λ―Έμ§€λ‘œ κ΅¬λΆ„μ§“λŠ” νŠΉμ •ν•œ λͺ©μ μ— μ˜ν•΄ λ§Œλ“€μ–΄μ§„ 이미지 생성양식을 λ„νλ©˜νŠΈ λ˜λŠ” νŒ¨λŸ¬λ””ν•˜κ³ , ν†΅μ œμ™€ κ°μ‹œλ₯Ό ν–‰ν•˜λŠ” 곡ꢌλ ₯의 λ„κ΅¬λ‘œμ„œ μ‚¬μ§„μ˜ 역할을 사진 자체의 물성이 κ°–λŠ” νŠΉμˆ˜ν•œ μ‘΄μž¬κ°μ„ 톡해 일련의 사진 μ‘°ν˜•λ¬Ό, ν…μŠ€νŠΈν™”λœ 이미지, 뉴미디어 λ“±μœΌλ‘œ ν‘œν˜„ν•˜μ˜€λ‹€. 이후 ν•œκ΅­μ—μ„œ μ§‘μ€‘μ μœΌλ‘œ 진행해 온 ν”„λ‘œμ νŠΈ <λ°œμ „ Progress> κ³Ό <μœ„μŠ€νŠΈ WEAST> μ—μ„œλŠ” κΈ‰μ†λ„λ‘œ 이루어진 κ²½μ œλ°œμ „μ΄ μ΄λ£©ν•œ ν•œ κ΅­κ°€μ˜ 미적 기쀀에 μ£Όλͺ©ν•˜κ³ , 거꾸둜 된 문화적 μ „μœ κ°€ λ§Œλ“  κ²½μ œλ¬Έν™”μ˜ 풍경을 λ‹€μ–‘ν•œ 맀체와 μ‹œκ°μ–Έμ–΄λ‘œ μž¬μ •λ¦¬ν•΄λ‹€. ν˜„μž¬ 진행 쀑인 ν”„λ‘œμ νŠΈ <7μ‹œκ°„μ˜ 미래 7 Hours of Future>λŠ” ν•œκ΅­κ³Ό ν•€λž€λ“œλΌλŠ” 동떨어진 κ΅­κ°€μ—μ„œ λ‚˜νƒ€λ‚˜λŠ” λŒ€λ„μ‹œμ˜ ν™•μž₯, λŒ€κΈ°μ˜€μ—Ό, κ°μ‹œμ™€ ν†΅μ œ, λ…μ μ‹œμž₯ 경제, ꡐ외화(suburbanization) λ“±μ΄Β λ§Œλ“€μ–΄λ‚΄λŠ” 일련의 풍경듀과 κ±°κΈ°μ„œ νŒŒμƒλ˜λŠ” 고립, λΆˆμ•ˆ, μ†Œμ™Έ, κ³΅ν—ˆ, λ©œλž‘μ½œλ¦¬ Β λ“±μ˜Β μ‹¬μƒλ“€μ„ 기둝과 λ¬˜μ‚¬Β λ°©μ‹μ˜Β μž‘μ—…λ“€λ‘œΒ λ³‘μΉ˜ν•œλ‹€. 두 μž‘κ°€μ—κ²Œ μΉœμˆ™ν•œ 각각의 μ‚¬νšŒμ™€ 문화에 λŒ€ν•œ κ²½ν—˜κ³Ό 지식을 λ°”νƒ•μœΌλ‘œ, μΌμ’…μ˜ μ΄ˆλ¬Έν™”μ£Όμ˜μ (transcultural) 콜라주λ₯Ό λ§Œλ“€μ–΄ 냄과 λ™μ‹œμ— ν‘œλ©΄μ μœΌλ‘œ 아무 상관 μ—†μ–΄ 보일 수 μžˆλŠ” 두 λ¬Έν™”κ°€ μ–΄μ©Œλ©΄ μƒν˜Έ 의쑴적이고 μ„œλ‘œλ₯Ό λ°˜μ˜ν•˜κ³  μžˆλŠ” ν˜„μƒμ— μ£Όλͺ©ν•œλ‹€.Β 

μ†Œμœ„ κΈ€λ‘œλ²Œμ‹œλŒ€μ— νƒœμ–΄λ‚˜ λŠ₯λ™μ μœΌλ‘œ μ—¬λŸ¬ λ‹€λ₯Έ λ¬Έν™”λ₯Ό μŠ΅λ“ν•˜λŠ”λ° μ΅μˆ™ν•œ μ„ΈλŒ€λ‘œμ„œ, μ΄λŸ¬ν•œ 문화적 ν˜Όν•©μ΄ λ§Œλ“€μ–΄λ‚΄λŠ” λ‹€μ–‘ν•œ 이미지듀에 μ£Όλͺ©ν•˜κ³ , 세계 경제 체계 μ•ˆμ— μ–½ν˜€μžˆλŠ” 각각의 μ‚¬νšŒ μ†μ—μ„œ λŠ˜μƒ κ²½ν—˜ν•˜κ²Œ λ˜λŠ” λ‹€μ–‘ν•œ ν˜„μƒκ³Ό 풍경을 ν’μž, μ—­μ„€, λͺ¨μˆœμ˜ 방식을 톡해 ν‘œν˜„ν•œλ‹€. μž‘μ—… κ³Όμ •μ—μ„œ μš°λ¦¬λŠ” λ™μ„œμ–‘μ˜ μ „ν†΅μ˜ˆμˆ  λ˜λŠ” 잘 μ•Œλ €μ§„ ν˜„λŒ€λ―Έμˆ μ—μ„œ ν”νžˆ λ³Ό 수 μžˆλŠ” 이미지, 재료, κ°œλ… 및 μœ ν–‰ν•˜λŠ” μš”μ†Œλ“€μ„ 차용 λ˜λŠ” μž¬ν™œμš©ν•œλ‹€. λ‚˜μ•„κ°€ λŠμž„μ—†μ΄ ν™•μž₯ν•˜κ³  μžˆλŠ” λ™μ‹œλŒ€μ˜ 예술 ν˜•μ‹ μ†μ—μ„œ, μ΄μ œλŠ” λ‹€μ†Œ κ΅¬μ‹μ²˜λŸΌ λŠκ»΄μ§€λŠ” ’철 μ§€λ‚˜κ°„β€™ 예술 ν˜•μ‹ 및 μ–Έμ–΄μ˜ 의미λ₯Ό λ˜μƒˆκΈ°κ³  κ±°κΈ°μ„œ μƒˆλ‘œμš΄ κ°€λŠ₯성을 λͺ¨μƒ‰ν•˜λŠ” 쀑이닀.